Book Name: Unenchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1)
Author: Chanda Hahn
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Format: iBooks eBookGoodreads’ Words: Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its’ next fairy-tale victim. To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.
My Words: Unenchanted is a twist on the Grimm fairy tales in which the central character – Mina has to go the fairy tales as one of the characters. This simply stood out as an innovative way to weave fairy tales and young adult fiction. I love fairy tale books and this is one of the best ones. It was free on iBooks and the premise was simply too exciting for me not to download the book.
Mina, the protaganist, is a clumsy teenager who was taught to stay out of the spotlight and if by any chance she did start gaining attention, her mother would pack up the family’s belongings and move to a new location. From there, they would start afresh and things continued to lie low until Mina saves her crush’s life thereby getting entangled in a family curse. According to the curse the Grimm family descendents have to complete all the Grimm fairy tales in order for the curse to go away. If anybody fails, then that person dies and the curse is passed on to the next descendent in line. Mina’s father has already sacrificed himself for the curse and now it is Mina’s turn.
The premise is certainly promising and does not fail too. I enjoyed living the fairy tales through Mina. The side characters – Nan, Brody, Mei Wong and of course Jared also add flavour to the story. The brooding and serious Jared juxtaposed with the cocky and wry Jared simply makes him more likeable. But the most endearing character I found was that of Mina’s younger brother – Charlie. I could just picture him in one of his superhero costumes with the mask and cape brandishing a tiny toy sword! too adorable! The way he can communicate with his expressions since cannot utter a single word and yet express what he wants even if it is something so trivial as a card game is something that draws you out to him.
This story is fast paced that involves the search for the Grimoire – a book which will help Mina to fight the Story and save her life as well as her mother and brother’s. Her father wasn’t able to beat the Grimm curse, will she? Of course, she will need a little bit of help to prepare her against the quests and just at the right moment help comes to her in the form of Jared.
It is a very original and very new story that was hard to predict. There were some parts that I could suspect but I had no idea of the other characters in the story. The only downside to the book is that there are a few grammatical errors that seem to be the result of poor editing/proof reading but since this is a self published book, this error can be ignored.
I give this book 4.5 stars and the last half i take away only because it was a short one. I wanted more of it!